Oklahoma State U. Sues New Mexico State U. Over ‘Pistol Pete’ Mascot

Oklahoma State University has sued New Mexico State University for using a mascot it says is too similar to Oklahoma State’s own “Pistol Pete.” The university filed suit on Monday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma. It calls New Mexico State’s mascot “confusingly similar” to Pistol Pete.

In a statement, New Mexico State said it is “confident that good sense will prevail and that this court action will lead to an agreement” allowing both institutions to keep their mascots.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Powerhouse Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot. The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU’s mascot is “confusingly similar” to OSU’s Pistol Pete Marks.

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3 Key Findings in Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Investigation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the findings of a long-awaited, independent investigation into academic fraud in its department of African and Afro-American studies. The comprehensive, 136-page report tells a gripping narrative full of new revelations in the prolonged scandal. The findings take aim at a number of people at Chapel Hill who have previously been implicated in the scandal but who have denied any knowledge of or role in the alleged fraud.

Here a…


Scientists Protest Restrictions on Sharing Research in Canada

More than 800 scientists in 32 countries are calling on the Canadian government to drop rules that they say restrict scientists’ freedom and hurt their ability to collaborate. In a letter drafted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the signatories ask Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, to restore government scientists’ “freedom and funding.”

In a statement, a government spokesman said that the administration had made “record investments” in science and that, “while ministers are the primary spokespersons for government departments,” scientists “are readily available to share their research with Canadians.”

Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end “burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.” The call was made in an open letter drafted by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that represents U.S.

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U. of Oklahoma President Voids Rule Banning Criticism by Band Members

The University of Oklahoma’s president has repealed a policy prohibiting members of the university’s marching band from disparaging the program, The Oklahoman reports.

The president, David L. Boren, rescinded the ban on Friday, the same day full-page advertisements were published in newspapers across the state criticizing the band program and the rule prohibiting public dissent.

“President Boren was incensed when he learned of the band-participation agreement and was disturbed that he had not been told of it by the School of Music,” a university spokeswoman, Catherine Bishop, wrote The Oklahoman in an email.

Members of the University of Oklahoma’s marching band are free to speak their minds about the Pride of Oklahoma by order of OU President David Boren. A full-page newspaper ad criticizing band director Justin Stolarik was published in three newspapers Friday. The ad was presented as a letter to Boren and signed by “The Pride of Oklahoma Students.”

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Amid Uproar Over Arrests, Greensboro Chancellor Announces Retirement

The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Linda P. Brady, announced on Monday that she would retire next year, but said her decision was not related to faculty protests over the firings and arrests of three former employees, the News & Record reports.

Last month three university-relations employees were fired for using state-owned cameras in a freelance photography business, according to the university. They have each been charged with felonies. In recent days faculty mem…


Faculty at Winona State U. Vote No Confidence in Minn. System’s Chief

Faculty members at Winona State University have voted no confidence in the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Steven J. Rosenstone.

The system’s chief marketing and communication officer, Kim Olson, told Minnesota Public Radio that “we have not been formally contacted by any Winona faculty about a vote of ‘no confidence’ or to discuss any concerns that would lead to a vote of this kind.” She also noted that the faculty association on the campus comprises only 28 members.

Winona State’s Faculty Association Senate cited “a recurring pattern of secrecy” among system leaders in the unanimous vote, along with concerns about spending and a lack of student and faculty input in long-term planning.

The university, which enrolls about 8,200 undergraduates, is one of 54 campuses in the system.

This just in: On Monday, October 20, 2014, the Winona State University Faculty Senate expressed strong opposition to recent actions of the MnSCU Chancellor, Steven Rosenstone, by casting a unanimous vote of “no confidence” in his leadership.

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Accepts Adjunct Professorship

The average net worth of adjunct professors just got a little higher.

Steve Wozniak, the computing pioneer who co-founded the company that became Apple Inc., has been named an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, in Australia, the college said in a news release. It is his first adjunct appointment.

Mr. Wozniak—known as “Woz”—will work with students and staff members in the university’s Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory. He has visited the campus only once and is…


MOOC Provider edX Offers First Its Advanced Placement Course

Rice University on Monday launched a free Advanced Placement course in biology, representing the first time that edX—the prominent provider of massive open online courses—has hosted an AP class for high-school students.

edX, which was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012, will host further AP courses in the coming months. For example, Boston University and MIT will both offer AP physics courses starting in January.

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students.

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‘Reverse Transfer’ Project Aims to Ease the Way to Associate Degrees

A new project from the National Student Clearinghouse will aim to provide an automated way for students who transfer from two-year institutions to four-year institutions to receive associate degrees.

The “reverse transfer” initiative, which is funded by the Lumina Foundation, will create a depository where the four-year college can send a student’s academic data, which can then be downloaded by the two-year college. A student who has acquired enough credits will receive an associate degree.

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Finally! Academics Describe Their Research in Terms We Can Understand

A few weeks ago, The Chronicle Review published an essay by Steven Pinker that took academics to task for their incomprehensible writing.

“In writing badly,” wrote Mr. Pinker, “we are wasting each other’s time, sowing confusion and error, and turning our profession into a laughingstock.” The implication is that academese could use a grand stroke of simplification.

What follows, however, might be taking things a little far.

Researchers took to Twitter over the weekend to rally around the hashtag …